After six months of repair and frustration, the Minnesota DNR's state park reservation system seems to be up and running. As of today, you can reserve your choice of North Shore campsites as far as 12 months in advance.
Act quickly: most of the popular weekends are already filling up.For Memorial Day weekend, as of today there were a few sites at Cascade River State Park and a few more at Judge CR Magney State Park, but the rest of the North Shore state parks are already full. For Fourth of July, things are a little more open, but that might just be because the Fourth falls on a Wednesday.
If a Memorial Day weekend trip into the Boundary Waters is more your style, get to the federal recreation reservation site ASAP. Popular entries near the North Shore are already filling up. Sawbill Lake entry is completely taken for the Friday of Memorial Day, and there was one permit available for the Saturday.
Of course, the wise camper can almost always find a campsite near the North Shore. For all sorts of great North Shore camping tips, pick up a copy of Camping the North Shore: A guide to the 23 best campgrounds in Minnesota's spectacular Lake Superior region, using the icon on the upper right side of this blog.